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ISO of a St. Patrick's Day Cookie Recipe

I just came from the grocery store. At the entrance I was bombarded with a display of St. Patrick's Day themed (read: decorated in a putrid green) baked goods, including cookies and cupcakes.

I always make home made treats for my SO as a surprise on "holidays". Does anyone have any inspired ideas for a St. Patrick's Day cookie that's not painted with god awful green frosting? I'm hoping that your suggestions will not be mint based, because my super taster SO can't deal with mint.

Thanks in advance for your suggestions!

Happy (early) St. Patrick's Day to my fellow 'hounds!

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  1. Why not do a spin on Classic Irish Soda bread? Instead, make a classic short-bread recipe but add currants and caraway seeds for the Irish twist...

    1. Thanks so much for the suggestion, but my SO is so particular that he'd faint (or scream!) if I put caraway in his cookies.

      Great suggestion, but totally unworkable for my situation. Thanks!

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      1. re: OneJayneDoe

        If you don't want green food coloring, how about a pistachio cookie. Just a bit of green though.

      2. Oatmeal raisin and fruit filled cookies are actually pretty dead-on authentic.

        If you want to make something really old school:

        Irish Tea Cookies

        1 cup sugar
        1/2 cup butter
        2 beaten eggs
        1/3 cup milk
        1 tsp vanilla
        1 tsp baking powder

        Mix first 6 ingredients together. Add and mix in enough flour to make dough stiff enough to handle.

        Roll thin. Sprinkle with sugar. Roll
        again. Cut out with biscuit cutter or any cookie cutter.

        Bake at 350 until sides and bottoms are a golden brown.


        If you want to make something Irish American:

        Shamrock Cookies with Lime Icing

        1 cup butter
        1 cup sugar
        1 egg
        2 cups flour
        1 teaspoon grated lime peel
        1 cup natural California pistachios, chopped
        Lime Icing (recipe follows)

        Cream butter and sugar; beat in egg. Stir in flour and lime peel; mix in pistachios. Refrigerate dough 1 hour.

        Roll dough 1/4 inch thick; cut shapes with shamrock-shaped cookie cutter.* Place on ungreased baking sheet.

        Bake at 375 degrees F., 8 to 10 minutes or until lightly browned; cool. Pipe icing to outline cookies.

        Lime Icing:
        Beat 1/4 cup butter or margarine with 2 1/2 cups sifted powdered sugar, 2 tablespoons milk and 1/2 teaspoon grated lime peel until smooth. If frosting is too stiff, beat in a few drops more milk; if too soft, beat in more powdered sugar. Makes about 1 cup.

        Note: if desired, make up an additional half-batch of icing, color it green and pipe with fine tip inside white icing outline.

        *If shamrock-shaped cookie cutter is not available, cut out shamrock pattern from a piece of heavy paper and cut cookie dough using pattern and sharp knife. Or cut dough with 2-2 1/2 inch round cookie cutter and pipe icing in shamrock shape on cookies after baking.

        Makes 1 to 2 dozen cookies
        Source: California Pistachio Commisssion

        1. I just remembered a Food & Wine article on chocolate where they made dark, dark chocolate biscotti with pistachios -- not necessarily Irish but the affect of the bright green dots imbedded in the dark chocolate was gorgeous.

          1. I copied this recipe the other day off allrecipes.com.


            1. I can't remember the exact name of them, but there is a lime slice and bake cookie in Martha Stewart's Baking Handbook that is really good. You glaze them with a lime glaze with little bits of lime zest running through it too. I could post the recipe tonight if you don't have the book and are interested.

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              1. re: Katie Nell

                Actually, I didn't even think to look online until dpnpt posted, but it is on her website: http://marthastewart.com/portal/site/...

              2. CI has a good key lime bars recipe

                1. what about simple thumb print cookies filled with green grape and/or kiwi (chop the fruit and mix with a simple clear syrup to bind it and keep the fruit's color).
                  along the same lines -- linzer cookies made with quince jam instead of raspberry.

                  1. Thanks for this post; I'm having 30 for pre-parade scones and irish coffees and wanted to buff out the buffet with more ideas. Anything but green food coloring! I found cute shamrock printed muffin cups. Also following Martha's (online) recipe for cookies w/ a shamrock stencil.

                    1. ps thanks for the link to MS lime cookies. Looks like a perfect addition to my growing scone menu for saturday.